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  1. Thanks for the kind words, and you are absolutely right it is intense!! 150 plus drills, an assessment, multiple ways to determine your strengths/areas to improve, how to set up practice plans, etc. etc. I have been using the book as a base to help two college golf teams improve their performance on the green... building weekly assessments and practice plans, the ideas and drills are part of an online training program for juniors, help a couple of teaching professionals with practice ideas, .. so just pull from it what you need and how much time you are willing to invest in getting better on the greens. Thanks again.
  2. A buddy of mine and I were chatting about the worst putting tip we have ever heard.. One we discussed was one we saw in an instructional video by Phil Mickelson in which he says when he makes his putting stroke that he wants to go back 25% and through 75%. Which means his backswing is 1/3 of his forward swing.. Which when you watch his video or him on TV, in tournaments, this is not true!! What is the worst putting tip you have ever heard?
  3. Day 2 Stayed in today. However, worked quite a while on my pivot... with several different drills. For example, using a club across my chest rotating so my left shoulder gets under my chin, and following through so I come up on my right toe.
  4. DAY 1 (well really day 5). I joined a country club that offers a summer membership... goes from basically June 1 until October 30. I am doing this for three reasons. First, it is very private so I will not be exposed to a lot of people (my way of social distancing). Second, they have very nice practice facilities (LARGE putting green, practice green for short wedge work with bunker, another practice green more for chipping, and a large range), plus the practice balls are all ProV1s. Third, I am doing 30 minute lessons early in the morning on Tuesday-Friday and practicing 4-5 hours each day. My goal is to stay healthy and improve my game. The approach of 30 minute lessons each day, came from a book, where a guy went from a 12 HCP to 0 in a year... and from my experience, watching what happens at a couple of junior academies I have seen. Saturday was a catch up day. I spent 45 minutes on the putting green (the first 15 using the Pelz Putting Tutor to give feedback on starting the ball on line) and then 30 minutes of an assessment where I set up 4 tees around the hole at 6 feet and hit 10 putts from each of the locations. I made 32 of the 40 putts. The goal is 80% so I passed. Then I spent a couple of hours hitting 20-30 yard pitch shots to the green... working on technique, since if any of you remember from my past... I have the yips... which is mostly caused by bad technique which I am working to change. I look forward to reading about everyone else's practice and learning what is working for you.
  6. I got the 13 foot green one... listed as 2020 in their website. Green just seemed more natural for me. One challenge with the 13 foot one, is that it is 13 feet, so my garage has a little slope to the concrete surface... so were it is laying right now. to make a putt the length of the mat, I have about a 3-4 inch right to left break!!! Other than that the mat itself is great. Send me a PM on how the assessment goes if you would like... and we can message back and forth about it.
  7. I am continuing on my journey.... For Christmas I got a 13 foot Wellputt putting carpet... I have it in my garage, and am practicing hitting into a Putt-out to work on my distance control and line. I will be taking my rulers and Blast Motion out to the garage for practice now that the Holiday season is over. Blessed to have a 3 car garage so some of the bays/areas is just for my golf practice. So the journey continues. Making changes to one's putting stroke is not as easy as people think nor is being a good putter. The average PGA touring pro spends 7-10 hours a week practicing PUTTING!! And these guys are already good. People just do not realize how much work it takes to be "great on the greens!" I hope you are enjoying your journey, though I know it can be maddening at times. However, once you make and sustain this improvement.... your performance on the greens should improve as well as your confidence. BTW, Cameron McCormick works with his players to get about a average of .5 (open or closed) at impact, so when you get there you are doing GREAT. Cheering you on from Florida. Also, I am out on the range working on my full swing a lot, just have stopped participating in the 5 Minutes a Day practice thread, since I found it time consuming, and boring for me.
  8. Looking at planning a trip this summer. I have played all the courses on Golfweek Magazines List of Top Courses You Can Play ... in Florida, Nebraska and South Carolina and more than 1/2 of those listed for New York. Since I will be in the Phiily area, I thought I would knock out the five courses that are listed for Delaware... below are the 2019 list of courses, any comments, insights, suggestions would be appreciated. Bayside Resort GC, Fenwick Island Bear Trap Dunes, Bethany Beach Baywood Greens, Long Neck White Clay Creek, Wilmington Deerfield Golf & Tennis Club, Newark Based on what I have been told so far, the first three listed courses are near each other, and I should look for lodging that is close and I can stay there and it would be a short drive to each of the courses. Any recommendations for accommodations would be appreciated. THANKS
  9. No course I know of in the Orlando area, or even in Florida (except for some private clubs) require you to have or prove a handicap... so you can eliminate that from your list. There are lots of courses in the Orlando area. I might suggest Southern Dunes which is just a short drive west of Orlando on I-4. It is usually listed as one of Golfweek Magazine's List of Top Courses You Can Play in Florida. Here is a link to a list of Top Courses..you might find this helpful as you search. Hope the weather is great and you have a fantastic trip to the Sunshine State. Golfweek’s Best 2019: Best Courses You Can Play Welcome to Golfweek’s annual Best. Each spring, we publish the three lists that are the foundation of our course-ratings program: Golfweek’s Best...
  10. I checked Google Maps, and it is almost 1300 miles from NYC to Miami... with the cost of gas and lodging and meals, it could come up to well over $250 one way. If you fly into Sarasota, it is $207 roundtrip from NYC, and there are probably even better deals to Orlando or Ft Lauderdale, ... You can use the $200 plus in savings to rent a car and you are about even with costs, but a lot less wear and tear on your body. Whatever you choose, I hope you have a fantastic trip and an equally fantastic visit to the Sunshine State.
  11. Yes I have done this drill. Here is another one like that which will keep your attention. 25 in a row from 3 feet 25 in a row from 4 feet 25 in a row from 5 feet, and 25 in a row from 6 feet If you miss any you start back at 3 feet. Also, you must use your full Pre-Shot Routine for each shot. From my experience, if you complete this without missing a single putt it will take you between 50-60 minutes. The rule of thumb I use for putting drills is that you can only hit 2 balls a minutes, IF you use your full Pre-Shot Routine for each one. .... this 2/minute recognizes you have set the ball up, putt it, pick it out of the hole and start again...also you may need a break every 10 minutes or so.
  12. I have been playing in a lot of scrambles, but have not played a round with my own ball for a couple of months. Had a free round, so I played 18 at The Highlands course here in Sarasota with a buddy of mine. I shot seven over par 79. While I am happy every time I break 80, it was a frustrating round. The greens were shaggy, seems like they were not cut today or maybe for the last two days. I had 4 putts that stopped on the front edge of the hole. G^%$#@$^)(* If they go in, I shot 75 and leave a LOT happier. Back to the range tomorrow for more practice, and maybe head to the gym so I can become stronger -- and hit those putts one roll more. On the other hand, I will probably go back to my home course where the greens run 10 plus on the STIMPMETER and make more putts. LOL!!
  13. I have done both. MACH 3 is more than swinging ropes, pvc pipes, etc. It has some concepts that drive improvement. Such as totally focusing on speed out front... meaning as the club passes the ball. And the goal is to swing the club to the finish point... not at the ball. So you are working on SPEED. And there is the JetStick which is a shortened club with a ball on a chain at the end. It helps improve speed also. There must be something to it, as they advertise and show lots of examples of people picking up on average 11 MPH of swing speed. Speed Sticks are also great. They have a series of protocols to use as you spend more and more time with the system. They are portable and easy to use and understand. The folks at MACH 3 (Mike Romatowski the founder) says it is okay to alternate Speed Sticks and the MACH 3 training ... meaning you can do SS M-W-F and MACH 3 T-T-S.... and rest on Sunday. They are complimentary. Lots of good things about both. I do not see it as an either or. I picked up about 10 yards over the winter when I did this.... I have not been using them in awhile.... but will be starting back. My 10 yard pick up was based on using the Swing Speed Radar system.
  14. I am involved in putting together a plan to help a group of teenagers (high school golfers) learn to become better putters -- improve their putting performance over the next several months. This would involve both indoor practice when there is inclement weather and of course outdoor practice as well, when the weather allows. I have already spent a couple of weeks thinking about this, and putting some "pen to paper".. well fingers to the keyboard. LOL!! However I am sure I am missing some things. And of course I would appreciate your perspective for those who have done this, or experienced it with your kids. Have any of you done this? What advice would you give me? What approach would you use with them? Any drills? Techniques? Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
  15. I know all you readers have been waiting for an update!! LOL!! I am continuing my practice habits, rolling lots of ball down my 3 foot ruler and sometimes on my Howard Swash Putting Rail. The time I spend is allowing me to get a better feel for what is happening with my body as I make the stroke. For example, today I noticed that my hips are not square to the line. Rather my right hip is a little closer so I am open to the line. When I focus on squaring my hips, I can more consistently roll the ball down the 3 foot ruler... which is the ultimate goal... being confident I can start the ball on the line I am aiming!! I learned this after I made 66 strokes with the Blast Motion sensor attached to my putter. I will see the impact of squaring the hips has next time. However, , my Blast Motion data is staying the same as the last few reported time. After 66 recorded strokes today, I am .1 degree closed at Impact, and my Tempo remains 1.8:1.
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